Dr D: As a child, I used to have allergic eczema which made me scratch my skin vigorously every day. My parents travelled the world with me to find a cure. I went from one treatment to another without any results which made me suffer a lot. That’s when I decided to become a skin expert in order to find remedies for all those people who suffer from skin problems. My eczema has disappeared since long, but my passion for dermatology has stayed.
AB: How did you become an aesthetic dermatologist?
Dr D: Actually, circumstances brought me from the academic specialization of melanoma research and dermato-pathology to aesthetic dermatology. I was asked by a renowned Swiss Beauty Clinic to join them as a dermatologist. My reputation as a dermatologist made more and more patients ask me to also perform aesthetic treatments. I invested many years into studying and training aesthetic medicine, getting expertise and knowledge in this field to the point that it became my major occupation.
AB: Can we say that the aesthetic side of your expertise is a second step in your relation with your patients: after the health skin level, there is the aesthetic level?
Dr D: Yes, indeed. Health and beauty of the skin are closely linked. Combining those two expertises gives a great opportunity to have a global understanding of patients’ needs.
AB: You have also developed your own cosmetic line: why?
Dr D: I never found the right products on the market which would fulfil my requirements for skin care in order to help my patients maintain a healthy skin. As a consequence, I had to implement my own formula.
AB: It is interesting because you really provide a 3 in 1 medical service! From 1. The medical skin care check (as a Dermatologist), 2. The beauty adjustments (as an Aesthetic Expert) and 3. The Creams, as a professional extension, at home, to maintain all the benefits gained in the first 2 levels.
AB: What is so special about your products?
Dr D: The main intention of cosmetics should be to maintain healthy skin since only healthy skin is radiant, youthful and beautiful. My products for the face are composed of only 3 products, no less, no more: a day cream (to protect your skin during the day), a night cream (to rejuvenate your skin during the night) and a mask (which provides high concentration of ingredients to have a boost effect).
The products contain skin-identical fatty acids which help to restore the skin barrier. These skin-identical fats carry deeply an incorporated mesotherapeutic cocktail which I use as a rejuvenation injection treatment in my daily practise.
Last but not least, the products are free of any possibly harmful components such as preservatives, silicone, mineral oil, artificial emulsifiers, colouring agents, perfumes etc.
AB: You do not provide any eye contour cream?!
Dr D: No. There is no need for an eye contour cream since my day and night cream cover the needs of the eye contour area.
AB: You mentioned the mesotherapeutic Cocktail in your products? What is Mesotherapy?
Dr D: Mesotherapy is a medical injection technique, in which low doses of certain substances are injected into the region to be treated. In aesthetic medicine, ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants are delivered into the upper layers of the skin, either manually or using a ‘meso gun’.
AB: What is your assessment of Aesthetics of the past 10 years?
Dr D: Definitely the development of new technologies answering an increasing demand for aesthetic medicine. The media allowed a democratisation of the health and beauty topics by giving more mass information. We, doctors, have developed more precise expertise for each need. And patients and consumers want more information, therefore developing their own health and beauty culture.
The negative effect is that sometimes, clever marketing and communication override real expertise, selling anything at any price; sometimes we forget about the essence of a product and its real benefits.
AB: Do you think that people are more focused on Beauty at the expense of their Health?
Dr D: No, I don’t think so. In general, my observation is that most people are concerned about their health and tend to ask more and more for low-risk options to improve their beauty. People strive to choose their doctor well in order to be able to trust and know that they are in good hands, not risking their health for the price of beauty.
AB: Thank you, Dr Daneshfar. Before we end this interview, do you have a recommendation you would like to share with us?
Dr D: As a dermatologist, one of my recommendations is: don’t avoid the sun! The sun is good for our skin, our bones, our mood. Only avoid to be sunburnt, not by overprotecting yourself but by increasing slowly your exposure to the sun.
As an aesthetic specialist, I highly recommend to start early to cultivate the inner beauty! It is much easier to stress out someone’s beauty with Botox if the person is intriguing than someone who just carries a façade with nothing but emptiness or boredom inside!
AB: Thanks a million, Dr Daneshfar.
- A Beauty Expert, AB-